Fire breaks out next to Southend United’s Roots Hall stadium with large amounts of AstroTurf ablaze

FOUR ENGINES are battling a blaze near to Southend United’s Roots Hall stadium.

Pictures from the scene show a huge cloud of black smoke coming from a building on Roots Hall Avenue.

A blaze has broken out within the vicinity of Southend United’s stadiumCredit: @@YourSouthend/twitter

Four fire engines were on the scene battling the blaze

Four fire engines were on the scene battling the blazeCredit: @@YourSouthend/twitter

People reported seeing the huge cloud of black smoke from miles away

People reported seeing the huge cloud of black smoke from miles awayCredit: @@YourSouthend/twitter

It remains unclear whether it is the football stadium itself or a building next to it that is on fire.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that the fire began at 5:45pm and happened at a commerical premises near Victoria Avenue.

A spokesman said: “Firefighters have been called to reports of a fire at a premises in Victoria Avenue, Southend this evening.

“Please avoid the area. If you live nearby, keep windows and doors closed.”

Local residents have reported seeing the smoke high up into the air from miles away.

People have been uploading pictures from the scene.

And they appear to show a mountain of waste on fire at the site.

Echo news say ‘the fire is centred on the corner of the car park near the South Stand of Roots Hall’.

A further statement confirmed: “Firefighters have reported that a large quantity of AstroTurf is alight, which is creating a significant amount of smoke. 

“Crews are working hard to prevent the spread of the fire.”

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